Jennifer Valentyne

Jennifer Valentyne is Finding a New Outlook and New Life

After decades of watching Jennifer Valentyne do everything from riding the scariest rides at Canada’s Wonderland and visiting with children at the Ronald McDonald House, to connecting with small businesses in the community, Breakfast Television Toronto viewers were shocked last April when the news broke that Toronto’s sunniest morning personality was leaving the popular morning show.

The bright, energetic broadcaster had been part of people’s morning for decades, and social media lit up with speculation that the news of her departure was a bad April Fool’s joke.

“The response was overwhelming,” says Valentyne. “People from all over the country sent messages on Facebook. They were upset. My segment meant so much to so many people, it touched my heart.”

The show’s decision to go in a different direction meant Valentyne’s position would be eliminated. The loss wasn’t just a shocker for the public—Valentyne herself was left feeling angry, hurt and lost as to what
would come next.

“I was really sad,” she said. “It was a huge loss. I had worked there for over half my life…it was hard to pick myself up.”

But Valentyne did just that. At 48 years old, she decided it was time to reinvent herself. And that’s when she got the call.

Jennifer, do you accept this job? 

Anyone who had watched Valentyne knew she was an avid fan of the Bachelor and Bachelorette series. Many mornings, she discussed the previous night’s episode and was quick to give her opinion about who was going to get that elusive rose. So, when the W Network called asking her to host the Bachelorette Canada After Show, the answer was a no-brainer.

“It was a show that I loved, and it was something I had never done before. I was really excited,” she said.

From there, other opportunities began to open up. Brands hired Valentyne to rep their products, she started promoting contests on social media and took on other freelance gigs.

“I learned there was work out there. It gave me hope to do other things. I’m still discovering and asking myself what I want to do in my life. It’s been journey of self-discovery.”

From TV to radio 

Having worked at City her entire working career, Valentyne has never had to apply or audition for a job. That was until she heard about a hosting position open at the Q107 Derringer in the Morning show. She auditioned (for the first time in her life) and got the job.

“I’m thrilled because it’s a great way to start the morning. And, it allows me to explore new opportunities.”

Jennifer Valentyne- The Beauty in Happiness

Valentyne’s new job is on radio, but there’s no denying that she has a face for TV. Although she is turning 50 this year, you wouldn’t know it. She defies her 50 years with a youthful look and exuberance—something she credits to her health and outlook on life. The fact that she’s a nonsmoker who avoids excessive sun exposure doesn’t hurt either. She says she loves to try new skincare products and does often—but she’s not loyal to any certain brand or ritual.

“As long as you keep your skin moisturized, you’re good,” she says. “I’m not perfect. Some nights I fall asleep in makeup and don’t think twice. I think the big thing is not sitting in the sun. That does terrible things to your skin.”

Another important factor in her bright appearance?

The lightness she feels inside. “I look for happiness. It’s the most important thing in life. You can have all the money in the world and not be happy. One thing that I have figured out is making other people happy, makes me happy. And that’s a beautiful thing.”

 

Photography by Richard Sibbald

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